2017 TWR Noble Riesling (375ml)
Te Whare Ra has an amazing history with dessert wine styles and we are very mindful of that, but vintage conditions do not always allow us to make one. Towards the latter part of the 2017 harvest a very special opportunity presented itself, which allowed us to take in some fruit that we had assessed as being suitable for a botrytis affected Riesling. The fruit for this amazing Botrytis Riesling came from the Kilravock Vineyard in Rapaura and was grown by our great friends Richard and Lisa Rose. Thanks to everyone’s hard work the resultant wine is pretty spectacular and carries on the 35+ year tradition of great dessert wines from Te Whare Ra.
Lifted aromas of honeysuckle, apricots, orange rind and manuka honey follow on to luscious
flavours of ripe apricots, nectarines, and cumquat marmalade. This wine displays characteristic unctuous, botrytis influenced flavours which are balanced by a fine backbone of ripe acidity. This wine is finely structured with great length and persistence of flavour. This 2017 Noble Riesling is enjoyable to drink now and will also benefit from careful cellaring for 6-8 years.
Bob Campbell – 96 points
Very sweet, luscious dessert wine with honey, honeycomb, dried apricot, peach, mango and tropical fruit flavours. A delicious wine with enough acidity to avoid being cloying. Very pure botrytis influence.